Washington, D.C. residents gathered in Adams Morgan on Sunday to celebrate the neighborhood’s diversity at the 40thannual Adams Morgan Day festival.
The yearly festival strives to showcase the local businesses, restaurants, artists, musicians and organizations that make up the neighborhood of Adams Morgan.
“I love Adams Morgan Day. I moved to D.C. nine years ago, and it was the first place that I really felt like I was home,” said A. Tianna Scozzaro, a volunteer who helped steer the festival’s coordination.
Scozzaro, a resident of Adams Morgan, has volunteered to put on the festival for the past four years. She is also a key member of the festival’s planning committee.
“We’re a volunteer crew. Residents, neighbors, some business owners that spend eight months out of the year meeting nearly every week, spending a lot of man hours to pull this together,” Scozzaro said when asked about what goes into planning the storied festival.
What makes the Adams Morgan Day festival special, according to Scozzaro, is that their yearly celebration is the only neighborhood festival in Washington, D.C. that is put together only by volunteers.
The primary goal for the volunteers that coordinate Adams Morgan Day is to bring the neighborhood’s proud, diverse, culture to life.
“I think this is a community. From the live music to the diversity, the festival embodies the community,” Scozzaro said. “It’s to showcase the neighborhood. To bring everyone out into the streets, and to get to know one another and to celebrate together.”
Even with rain and poor weather conditions, Scozzaro and her fellow volunteers were able to host 125 vendors on 18thSt. NW, as well as accompany local musicians with two separate stages for them to perform on.
The dedication to put on the Adams Morgan festival, from volunteers like Scozzaro, allowed vendors from the neighborhood to display their diverse backgrounds and interests.
Amongst the 125 vendors that appeared at the festival on Sunday were Lindsay Tufts and Zachary Sasim.
Sasim set up his vendor tent to display his wide variety of oil paintings.
Sasim moved to Washington, D.C. 14 years ago from Bulgaria, to pursue his passion of painting.
Sasim is proud of his new home in D.C.. This pride is why the majority of his work is centered on local landmarks, events and neighborhoods.
Tufts is a co-founder of a newly created, and local, apparel brand, In and Out apparel. Their brand has been in existence for less than sixth months now.
Found at In and Out’s vendor tent, one could fine a wide variety of shirts and jackets. Placed on all of their clothing were emblems of Africa and equal signs.
“Our goal is to push a message of tolerance, acceptance, self-acceptance and things of that nature,” Tufts said.
Tufts said that the word In, for In and Out, as well as their emblem of Africa, signifies their message to tie in the black community with that of Adams Morgan and Washington, D.C..
Tufts also said that the word Out portrays their message of including the LGBT community with that of the Adams Morgan neighborhood, “to include those that decide to come out of the closet.”